These years, retro consoles are appearing from left and right. Sega had originally planned to launch a 16-bit retro version of its Genesis (Mega Drive in Europa, Japan) last year but the company decided to postpone the launch to address some issues.
Sega has now announced that Genesis Mini and Mega Drive Mini will launch in the US and Europe, respectively, on September 19, 2019.
The console will come pre-loaded with 40 classic games. The game library will differ slightly from one region to another, according to the announcement.
In the US, Sega has confirmed the first 10 titles, including Sonic The Hedgehog and Castlevania: Bloodlines. All 10 confirmed titles can be seen in the table at the end.
Mini console with HDMI output
As the name suggests, the new 'Mini' Sega will be considerably smaller than the original version. It will also come equipped with an HDMI port to make it compatible with modern flat panel TVs and USB ports for game controllers.
The announcement was made at Sega Fes 2019 and the company said that it reveal more details on April 19.
The original Sega Mega Drive console was launched in Japan in 1988 so after last year's delay Sega missed the 30-year anniversary window. The console was launched in the US one year later as the Sega Genesis and in Europe in 1990 as the Sega Mega Drive.
Sega says that there is high consumer interest in the revived console. However, it is unlikely to match the popularity of Nintendo's retro consoles that surpassed 10 million sales last year.
Sega Genesis Mini / Mega Drive Mini will launch on September 19, 2019, in the US and Europe for $80 dollars or 80 Euro with two controllers.
Sega Mega Drive Mini - confirmed games (USA)
- Altered Beast - Castlevania: Bloodlines - Comix Zone - Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine - Ecco the Dolphin - Gunstar Heroes - Shining Force - Sonic The Hedgehog - Space Harrier II - ToeJam & Earl